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A Monsters Call – Book Review

A Monsters Call by Patrick Ness

12:07 is the designated time for the monster, but it isn’t the one from Conor’s nightmare. But it wants the most dangerous thing of all.

It wants the truth.

This book has been quoted by John Green, The Times, Philip Pullman and Daily Mail.  John Green is one of my favourite authors of all time, so I decided to read this but also because all I have heard is good things about this. It seems that everyone has read it and that finally pushed me to pick up A Monsters Call by Patrick Ness.  

This book is different from the others as Patrick Ness didn’t come up with this idea instead Siobhan Dowd was the one who had the original idea. But sadly, she passed away before she can develop the story.  A Monsters Call was published by Walker Books in 2011, in 2016 it was developed into a movie.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I am planning on watching it soon. In this book, you really get to grow with the main character, Conor. He must come to terms that his mother has cancer and is incredibly ill, along with this you see him grow into a more mature boy who copes with a lot of pain.  This plot is dark and mysterious as when the monster walks it tells tales of when it walked before. But they aren’t just any tales where there’s a good guy and a bad guy, these tales have more meaning to it that make you think whether good and bad really exist or is there just human.

Regarding the characterisation, the Monster is described to not be scary to Conor but is still described to be a terrifying monster. This intrigues me as when reading this book, you don’t know why Conor isn’t scared of the Monster until the very end, yet it made me so much more curious to see the answer. Conor, on the other hand, is described to have this huge burden on his shoulders at the age of 12. To add to that he has to go to school being pitied and an outcast. A Monsters Call has so many emotions in it that have been expressed through the Monster and Conor. Such as fear, anger, pain, upset, sad, lonely, invisible and much more.

Overall this is an amazing book with a very deep moral, I highly recommend that you read this as it a one of a kind type of book that has a place in the heart of the reader.

Rating – 5/5

Okay so I know this isn’t a long blog post, but I wanted to do a book review because I feel like I haven’t done one in ages, so I decided what better book to do a review on then A Monsters Call by the one and only Patrick Ness. 

Is it me or does it feel like Christmas is so close, I am super excited for Xmas and if any of you guys have any requests for blog post revolving Christmas contact me and I will be sure to have a go.

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Book Review- Lady Midnight

In a kingdom by the sea….

In a world were half-angel humans protect the mundanes. Parabatai is a sacred word that pledges two warriors, to fight side-by-side, to be best friends, to be in sync with each other. But to never fall in love with them.

Emma Carstairs is a half-angel, a Shadowhunter. She lives for danger; her family isn’t blood but is connected through one person. Her Parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. Downworlders are pushing their limits after the Dark War. When bodies of human and faeries- enemies to Shadowhunter’s- start to be found murdered exactly the way Emma’s parents were five years ago. Suspicion rises, along with an intense investigation.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. This is one of the many books that written in the Shadowhunter world. The other series include The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from a Shadowhunter Academy, and many more books that accompany this everlasting series.

The genre, of this book is fantasy. This world has been delicately created by the wonderful Cassandra Clare and even in the new books, surprises about this world always seem to pop up.

The plot in this book, is spooky, dark, creepy, intriguing. It has everything it needs and more; amazing dialogue, twists, tensions, and POETRY. Lady Midnight’s plot is based around a poem that I really like as it is about loss, death, heartache, and most of all love. The poem of course is the great Annabel Lee. The way in which Cassandra Clare involved this book around that poem is genius, she interrupts the words in a, wonderful way.

Regarding the character development for the main characters, it felt like they were actual people. The images in my head were so life like, that just made me not stop reading until I was done. There are many characters in this book as the Blackthorn family is big, but the main characters are Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn, Mark Blackthorn, and Cristina Rosales from Mexico. The personalities from all of these characters astounds me as they are so intricate. But what gets me so invested into this book is that secrets are hidden, and people are trying to run away from the past.

The way that the characters were introduced was amazing, as the emotion poured right out of the text. Fear, denial, scared, anger- these emotions were evident when we first met Mark Blackthorn, after he had been so long gone in the Wild Hunt.

(spoilers)-What really got me to enjoy Lady Midnight was at the end the poem from the fair folk with the instructions on how to bring a person from the dead back-

“First the flame and then the flood:

In the end, it’s Blackthorn blood.

Seek thou to forget what’s past

First thirteen and then the last.

Search not book of angel’s gray.

Red or white will lead you far astray.

To regain what you have lost,

Find the black book at any cost.”

This got me even more invested as I do love a snazzy poem.

Overall Lady Midnight is an amazing book, and I highly recommend you read it but to read the other books about Shadowhunter’s first.

Rating – 5/5 Continue reading “Book Review- Lady Midnight”

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We are the Sinclairs.

The summertime is when we come alive, on a private island.

You should know that some of us are liars.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart was originally published on the 13 of May 2014 by Allen & Unwin but the deluxe edition of We Were Liars was published by the same company this year.

This book has a huge plot twist that I did not see coming at all. It makes you wonder all the way through the book what could have possibly happened to tear this family apart, or bring them together. The way that E. Lockhart writes is thoughtful and well planned as you could tell that every word was chosen with precise thinking, and that type of writing for me is enjoyable and entertaining.

The genre for this book is YA (young adult) as it does talk about family issues, mental health, wealth and everything that is classified as YA.  In the deluxe edition of this book you get extra content from the author herself. About how she planned and wrote this book and the stages that the book went through. But also, the risk she took to publishing this, it is described that she was scared and nervous to publish We Were Lairs because of the doubts and worries that people wouldn’t like it.

Regarding the characterisation of the four main characters, the appearances and the personality is incredible as the way E. Lockhart describes them you really understand their thought and feelings.  The main character whom we go on a journey with her full name is Cadence Sinclair Eastman.

Her appearance changes through the book from blonde hair to brown nearly black hair, with pale skin. Her thoughts are jumbled and are all over the place because of an accident that left her suffering migraines and memory loss.

Gat – is connected to Cadence, they fall for each other, but he is not the person that the grandfather wants for his eldest grandchild. His appearance is that he has tan/ dark skin but his personality is intriguing to read. As he always has his head in a classic book, he is thoughtful, he is kind, he is smart and most of all he is the one for Cadence.

Johnny – Is the typical boy, loves sports like tennis and marathons. But he is a Sinclair through and through with bright blonde hair and freckles.  His personality is funny, yet oblivious to things, he is kind to others and has manners when they are needed. Overall, he is just a great character that is pleasant to read about.

Mirren – The way that Mirren is described is that she is smart yet a girly girl who loves painting her nails, wearing dresses but is not afraid to get dirty.  Her personality is interesting as she is smart, caring, sarcastic, bossy, yet she will stick up for what is right no matter the cost.

We Were Liars, is an amazing book to read, it took me some time to get into it but when you do you will not be disappointed. Overall, I highly recommend it to any one wants to read a contemporary that has emotions you won’t forget.

Rating – 4.5/5

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